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UK: Fellowship scheme to develop next generation of horticulture leaders

Six horticulturalists have the opportunity to apply for a two-year programme to develop their industry knowledge and leadership skills that will help develop their future career prospects.

The scheme, launched by the LSA Charitable Trust, hopes to develop the next leaders of the commercial horticulture industry. The Fellowship Scheme aims to assist developing professionals in the industry to become more engaged with its strategic leadership.

Throughout the scheme the Fellows will increase their understanding of the role played by trade bodies and their associated committees in the development of industry strategies and communications with government.

In addition, it will help to increase their knowledge of current research and increase their ability to evaluate the possible impact this will have on the industry. There will be communications between those on the scheme and a wide range of contacts in other businesses, trade bodies and research organisations.

The Managing agent for the LSA CT Fellowship Scheme, Coral Russell said: “This is an excellent opportunity for up and coming executives in the horticulture industry to widen their perspective, make useful contacts, and equip themselves for a future role in leadership of the industry. These are exciting and challenges times for horticulture and I would urge anyone who wants to develop their career to apply to join the scheme.”

The program will accept a maximum of six Fellows each year into a program of activity that will last two years. A program has been put together by the supporting companies which includes an array of industry events that the Fellows can choose to attend. Each Fellow will be granted a bursary of £3,000 which they can draw down on to enable access to the program of activities. (Bursary availability is subject to the terms and conditions and the approval of the management group.)

Applications opened on the 2nd of July and will run until closure on the 17th of August. To apply visit lsactfellowship.org or contact coral.russell@britishgrowers.org.uk for further information.

The scheme is being supported by the National Farmers Union, British Growers Association, The Horticultural Trades Association, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and AHDB.


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